by Raphael Norbert Suapengco
The GA strand is commonly perceived as an inferior strand compared to the other strands (HUMMS, STEM, and ABM) because it's the strand where you will find "patapons" and people who have no direction in life. Despite this common perception, GA students show great promise and are capable of becoming good members of society. Sure, there may be students who are lazy fit the description of "patapon" in the GA strand, but that shouldn't be a way to justify the generalizations that are being made by other people. If you take a closer look at what GA students can do, you will notice that there are quite a handful of students who show great promise and potential in what they love to do. And because the GA strand is very diverse, the things that they can possibly achieve are endless. There are students who are excellent in the Academics, Sports, Music and Arts and much more; there are even students who excel in more than 1 of these fields. Ultimately, this article is intended to show that not all stereotypes made about the GA strand are true and not all GA students are incompetent.
by Anton Rafael Artajo
Most high school graduates comprehend what course they need to seek after in college. Truth be told, when they take entrance tests and when they first fill up enrolment papers, they are approached with decision of what course they plan to take. That is precisely what will happen to most Grade 10 understudies in the K to 12 educational modules. Since Grade 10 is what might as well be called the present Fourth Year High School, nothing has truly changed. Naming Grade 11 Senior High School (SHS) instead of First Year College is only an adjustment in name, the extent that vocation arranging is concerned.
There are a couple students in college who experience having to shift courses because they find themselves unhappy in theirs. Some students don't recognize what they truly need to major in, all they know is that they need to have a higher education and graduate with a college diploma.
The General Academic strand is designed not just for the people who are still undecided with what they want to pursue in the university it is also for those who wish to be well rounded in different subjects. In the Ateneo De Manila Senior High School the GA strand features two specialized subjects derived from the strands Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) and Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM). These specialized subjects are Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction (DRRR) and Organization Management. The GA strand gets a taste of business and science without having to specialize in the certain strands, that itself is a major strength that make this strand advantageous to students who take pursue it. Not specializing in a strand would open the doors to a world of amazing options. If you want to be a well-rounded student and open your door to different options the GA strand is definitely for you!